The first chapter of our online course is LIVE! What do an old map, lumps and bumps, and Pythagoras theory all have in common? Our DigVentures students will all be finding out this week!
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This is Ed. Ed is one of DigVentures' Community Archaeologists this summer, and if you come digging with us, chances are you'll get to meet him and soak up some of his impressive archaeological knowledge!
Ed's speciality is Bronze Age settlements, but we've thrown him in at the deep end - literally!
Here he is up to his shoulders in 19th century archaeology (that's 3,000 years outside of his comfort zone) - an iconic ruin from the industrial revolution.
Here’s John looking magnificent as we survey the Lancashire hills.
Since Tuesday, we’ve been out looking for traces of Mesolithic hunter-gatherers, and other ancient monuments dotted across Spodden Valley.
It’s the first time this area has been surveyed in such detail, and we started by heading out to Hunger Hill. Just like a forensic survey team, we lined up and swept across the hillside keeping an eye out for any patches of eroded peat that might expose the ancient flint scatters we’re looking for.
Along the way, we identified a Bronze Age monument right on top of the hill. It might not have been the hunter-gatherer camp we were hoping to find, but it did have a GREAT view across to Knowle Hill, where we’ll be continuing our search later in the week. What a bonus!
Today, we moved our search to Brown Wardle Hill. This time, we split into two teams. Team Flint went straight to the top of the hill, checking again for eroded areas erosion where we might find our Mesolithic flints.
We were in luck! We found one piece of worked flint and two shards of chert that look like they MIGHT have been worked… we’ll have to do a closer examination to be sure!
Meanwhile, Team Farm got a crash course in photographic surveying, which they quickly put to good use surveying the abandoned farm, which will help us to decide where to put our trenches when we return for a full-blown excavation in May!
Massive thanks to all the wonderful Venturers who came out surveying with us so far, and congratulations to Team Flint on their first discovery. It’s been enormous fun and we can’t wait to meet our next bunch tomorrow. More updates to come. Exciting!